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Postby sn2crz » Mon Apr 02, 2007 10:45 pm

Broad question I know, but my experience prior to owning my 38 MK11 was all on sloops. To date I have found limited information as well as personal(everyone I've been able to ask are similarly cutter chalenged), what are the benifits and uses of the staysail?
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Postby warmrain » Tue Apr 03, 2007 7:45 pm

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Postby sn2crz » Wed Apr 04, 2007 6:45 pm

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Postby warmrain » Wed Apr 04, 2007 8:01 pm

I cannot address the furling systems (we are hanked sails) except to say that they do not furl the sail with a perfect shape, though there are sailmakers with patented methods for improving the shape significantly when furled (e.g. foam luff).

Don't confuse roller furling with roller reefing (you have the former).

I had a 11% built that reefs to the same square footage as the Yankee. I can fly the staysail with it and it is great in the ligher summer air we have here. The reef provides flexibility (I do not have to change down to the Yankee (though I do for winter sailing) and a backup if I tear the foot of the genny.

I cannot address roller furler order of reefing, except to say that when you reef it is beast to keep the center of efforts near the center of the boat. That happens naturally for the main, but a reefed genoa moves the center of effort forward. While a dumped genny and a set staysail keeps it centered over the keel.
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